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Roscoe Mitchell

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Chicago, United States (1940 – present)

Roscoe Mitchell (b. August 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African American , and educator, mostly known for being “a technically superb — if idiosyncratic — saxophonist.” He has been called “one of the key figures” in who has been “at the forefront of modern music” for the past thirty years. He continues “to be a major figure.” He has even been called a “super musician” and the New York Times has mentioned that he “qualifies as an iconoclast.”

For more than 35 years Roscoe Mitchell’s innovation as an improviser, composer, and solo performer has placed him at the forefront of modern music. He is a founding member of the Creative Arts Collective of East Lansing, Michigan, the , and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. He is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Outstanding Service to Jazz Education Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators; the Certificate of Appreciation from the St. Louis Public Schools Role Model Experiences Program; the Certificate of Appreciation for the Art Ensemble of Chicago from the Smithsonian Institution; the Jazz Masters Award from Arts Midwest; and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Image Award. He has conducted numerous workshops and has held numerous artist-in-resident positions throughout the world, and has taught at the Creative Music Studio, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ School of Music, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, and the California Institute of the Arts.

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